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Sen. Dick Durbin Calls Trump a Liar – Mr. President, You Lied

Sen. Dick Durbin and President Donald Trump at the White House

U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois Friday called President Donald Trump a liar for the president’s denials regarding his Thursday White House comments. Durbin said the president said the words repeatedly.




Sen. Durbin, who attended the immigration meeting in the White House Thursday confirmed news reports that Trump said “shithole countries” while addressing the group gathered for a DACA meeting.

Sen. Durbin is the first to speak to reporters on record debunking Trump’s denials.

“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Durbin told the media Friday. “You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate.”

Durbin added: “He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.” 






Durbin and six Republican lawmakers including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Reps. Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) attended the White House meeting.

“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Durbin told the media Friday. “You’ve seen the comments in the press. I’ve not read one of them that’s inaccurate.”

Trump, whose father was arrested for attending a meeting of the Ku Klaus Klan (KKK) many years ago and who was sued along with his father by the Justice Department, for refusing to rent to African Americans in his housing complexes, has made incendiary and racist comments throughout his career.

“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” Trump reportedly said Thursday.

This latest comment regarding African countries, Haiti and El Salvador crossed a racial line that may be difficult to bridge, according to U.S. Experts.






Sen. Durbin told the media he told Trump about the number of people who would be affected if the diversity lottery visa was eliminated, and the number of people with temporary protected status that would suffer.

RELATED: George W. Bush Accuses Trump of Promoting Bigotry, Racism in Stunning Rebuke.

He said that is when Trump said United States does not need more Haitians in the country. “He said, ‘Haitians, do we need more Haitians?’” Durbin said.

According to Sen. Durbin, the slur was “the exact word used by the president ― not just once, but repeatedly.”

He confirmed that South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham spoke up and confronted President Trump about the president’s harsh and racist language. “That took extraordinary courage for him to do that, confronting the president like that,” Durbin said.




Durbin also said the president and others in the meeting laughed and mocked him when he talked about the importance of family-based immigration. “Chain migration” as a term is offensive, Durbin confirmed he told the president.

“I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about ‘chain migration,’ it hurts them personally,” Durbin said.

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Dubin said Trump responded scornfully, “Oh, that’s a good line.”






Trump denied the reports on Friday saying his comments were meant to be tough.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he tweeted. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” Trump tweeted. “Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”

He did not address his comments about Africans.

 

 

Associate Editor, The Liberal Advocate News

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